Sociology

From the family unit to the global stage, how did we develop the societies we live in?

Students in this program are exposed to a variety of research methods and techniques.

They gain a firm foundation in both classical and contemporary social theories. Courses are offered in the following areas: social inequalities; the social construction of race, class, gender and sexuality; the sociology of childhood, youth and aging; sociology of the family; sociology of health; globalization and post-colonial theory; labour and trade union studies; sociology of the environment; Aboriginal studies; the sociology of education; and criminology.

Students can complete their studies online in the following: Concentration, Minor, and Certificate in Family Life Studies.

NOTE: The Criminology program, as well as the Equity, Diversity and Human Rights program are within the Sociology program umbrella.

Academic Advisor

Parveen Nangia

Telephone: 705.675.1151 x 4231

Email: pnangia@laurentian.ca

Office: Administrative Assistant: Nancy St Amour, 705.675.1151 x 4215, sociology@laurentian.ca

How to Apply
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Delivery Method: On campus/Online
Program Language: English

The sociology program aims:

  • to enable our students to question their taken-for-granted assumptions about how the social world operates;

  • to provide our students with a strong background in a wide range of research techniques;

  • to encourage our students to consider what responsibility and opportunities they may have to make the world a better place for themselves and others;

  • to equip our students with the skills (critical thinking and research methods) they need to find meaningful work or pursue graduate studies upon graduating.

 

Program highlights:

  • three or four-year programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts;

  • also available: a multidisciplinary diploma or degree in Labour Studies (English only);

  • multidisciplinary knowledge;

  • critical thinking about contemporary issues from a sociological perspective;

  • knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative social research methods;

  • strong communication skills (written and spoken);

  • identification of social injustices and strategies for addressing them;

  • appreciation of diversity;

  • ethical standards.

Ontario High School Applicants

1 grade 12 English U/M course

5 other grade 12 U/M courses 

A minimum overall average of 70% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses


Additional information for applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses.

Additional information for applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate.

 

Applicants from outside an Ontario High School 

International Students

Canadian High School Applicants from outside Ontario

Applicants from Colleges

Applicants from other Universities

Mature Students

For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.


Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Sociology

Total 120 credits

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

 

Specialization in Sociology

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations.

Although the requirements have been slotted in first year in the description below, students may fulfill them at any time during their studies.

Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.

Courses fulfilling these requirements may be taken as electives or as part of a minor, concentration, major or specialization. 

First Year

   SOCI 1015E          Understanding Society *
   6 elective credits of linguistic awareness (see regulations)
   6 elective credits in the Sciences
   6 elective credits in Indigenous content (starting 2017)
   6 elective credits

Upper Years

   SOCI 2016E          Thinking Sociologically

   SOCI 2127E          Research Methods and Data Analysis *

   SOCI 3126E          Qualitative Methods

   STAT 2126E          Introduction to Statistics

  12 SOCI credits from Group 1 – Theory and Methods (see below)

  18 SOCI credits  

  12 additional SOCI credits at the 4000 level (SOCI 4095 Research Essay is recommended for students considering graduate studies)

   36 elective credits

* Minimum grade of C (60%) required

Note:    Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Major in Sociology

   SOCI 1015E          Understanding Society *

   SOCI 2016E          Thinking Sociologically

   SOCI 2127E          Research Methods and Data Analysis *

   SOCI 3126E          Qualitative Methods

   STAT 2126E          Introduction to Statistics

   9 SOCI credits from Group 1 – Theory and Methods (see below)

   9 SOCI credits

   6 additional SOCI credits at the 4000 level 

   78 elective credits**

* Minimum grade of C (60%) required

Notes:

  • In order to get a BA, students must include 6 credits in linguistic awareness, 6 credits of Indigenous content, and 6 credits in the Sciences if not part of the other minor or second major. Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.
  • Students must complete a minimum of a minor (24 credits) or a second major (42 credits) from among their elective credits.
  • Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.
  • For a double major in Sociology and Criminology students must take 9 SOCI credits to replace SOCI 1015 and SOCI 2127. Courses cannot be double counted between the two Majors.

 

 

Bachelor of Arts (General) in Sociology

Total 90 credits

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

 

Concentration in Sociology  (ALSO OFFERED ONLINE)

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations.

Although the requirements have been slotted in first year in the description below, students may fulfill them at any time during their studies.

Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.

Courses fulfilling these requirements may be taken as electives or as part of a minor, concentration, major or specialization. 

First Year

   SOCI 1015E          Understanding Society *
   6 elective credits of linguistic awareness (see regulations)
   6 elective credits in the Sciences
   6 elective credits in Indigenous content (starting 2017)
   6 elective credits

Upper Years

   SOCI 2016E          Thinking Sociologically

   SOCI 2127E          Research Methods and Data Analysis *

   STAT 2126E          Introduction to Statistics

   SOCI 3016E          Modern Sociological Theories: Manifestations and Issues

   18 upper year SOCI credits, at least 6 of which are at the 3000/4000 level

   30 elective credits

* Minimum grade of C (60%) required

Note:    Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Minor in Sociology  (ALSO OFFERED ONLINE)

   SOCI 1015E          Understanding Society

   SOCI 2016E          Thinking Sociologically

   SOCI 2127E          Research Methods and Data Analysis

   6 SOCI credits at the 3000 level

   6 additional upper year SOCI credits

 

Group 1 – Theory and Methods

   SOCI-2017E-Emergence of Sociological Theories

   SOCI 3016E-Modern Sociological Theories: Manifestations and Issues

   SOCI/POLI-4466E-Marxist Political Theory

   SOCI-3005E-Survey Research: A Course in Applied Sociology*

   SOCI-4026E-Quantitative Methods

* six credit course

 

 

Certificate in Family Life Studies and Human Sexuality (ALSO OFFERED ONLINE)

(30 credits)

   BIOL 2757E          Biological Aspects of Human Sexuality

   SOCI 2636E          Desire, Love, and Work I: The Social Making of Gender

   SOCI 3636E          Desire, Love, and Work II: The Social Making of Sexuality

   21 credits from:

                ANTR 2005E    Child Rearing Across Cultures

                HIST 3616E     History of Women and the Family in the Pre-Industrial Era

                INDG 2205E    The Aboriginal People: Family and Community

                PHIL/RLST 2345E   Bioethics: Human Life Issues

                PHIL 2525E     Contemporary Moral Issues

                PSYC 2005E    Developmental Psychology

                SOCI 2006E    The Child and Society

                SOCI 2007E    The Adolescent and Society

                SOCI 2036E    Family Sociology I

                SOCI 2037E    Family Sociology II

                SWLF 3806E    Child Abuse and Neglect

                SWLF 3807E    Violence Against Women

                SWRK 4427E   Social Work with Children and Youth

                WGSX 2356E   Reproduction and Mothering

                WGSX 3405E   Gender and Human Violence

 

Certificate in Social Research Methods (30 credits)
If your concentration, major or speciaIization is in the Social sciences, you can obtain a BA and a Certificate in Social Research without any additional courses

I. STATISTICS (3 credits required) One of the following:
      STAT 2126EL Introduction to Statistics
      ECON 2136EL Statistical Methods for Economics
      STAT 1056EL Business Statistics
      STAT 2246EL Statistics for Scientists
II. MATHEMATICS (3 credits required) One of the following:
      ECON 2127EL Introduction to the Mathematical Treatment of Economics
      MATH 1911EL Finite Mathematics
      MATH 1912EL Elementary Calculus
      MATH 1057EL Linear Algebra I
      MATH 1036EL Calculus I
III. QUANTITATIVE METHODS ( 9 credits required)
      ECON 3466EL Introduction to Econometrics
      ECON 3476EL Mathematical Economics I
      PSYC 2127EL Scientific Method and Analysis II
      PSYC 3156EL Basic Research Practicum
      PSYC 3256EL Design and Analysis I
      GERO 3126EL Applied Research Methods in Gerontology I
      GERO 3127EL Applied Research Methods in Gerontology II
      SOCI 3005EL Survey Research: A Course in Applied Sociology
      SOCI 4026EL Quantitative Methods
IV. QUALITATIVE METHODS (6 credits required)
      SOCI 2127EL Research Methods and Data Analysis
      SOCI 3126EL Qualitative Methods
      INDG 3215EL Native Community-Based Research Methods
      ISWK 3555EL Indigenous Social Work Research Methodologies
      HIST 2026EL Historical Methods
      WGSX 2016EL Production of Knowledge
      ANTR 3026EL Anthropological Research: Project Design
      ENVI 4695EL Environmental Community Research
V. SPATIAL METHODS (6 credits required)
      GEOG 2017EL Applied Cartography and Introduction to GIS
      GEOG 2037EL Introduction to Remote Sensing
      GEOG 3056EL Topics in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Application
      GEOG 4057EL Senior Topics in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Analysis
VI. PRESENTATION AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS (3 credits required)
      SCOM 4006EL Presenting and Communicating Research

Prerequisites for the Certificate:
      SOCI 1015EL or PSYC 1105EL
      ECON 1006/1007EL

Note : A minimum of 6 credits of the selected courses must be at the 3000-level or above.

 

Year:

SOCI-1015EL - Understanding Society SOCI-2006EL - The Child and Society SOCI-2007EL - The Adolescent and Society SOCI-2016EL - Thinking Sociologically SOCI-2017EL - Emergence of Sociological Theories SOCI-2026EL - The World of Work SOCI-2036EL - Family Sociology I SOCI-2066EL - Explanations of Crime SOCI-2067EL - Institutions of the Criminal Justice System SOCI-2127EL - Research Methods and Data Analysis SOCI-2246EL - What Do Unions Do? SOCI-2266EL - Cultural Marginality and the Environment: Environmental Risk and Indigenous Populations SOCI-2296EL - Sociology of Educational Issues SOCI-2306EL - Introduction to Globalization SOCI-2426EL - Individual, Community and the Political Order SOCI-2636EL - Desire, Love, and Work I: The Social Making of Gender SOCI-2656EL - Social Inequality: Gender, Race, Class and Power SOCI-2806EL - Crime and Culture SOCI-2816EL - Theories in Criminology SOCI-2826EL - Crime and Media SOCI-3256EL - Canadian Labour History SOCI-3336EL - Sexuality, Disability and Human Rights SOCI-3817EL - Sociology of Aging SOCI-4256EL - Aboriginal Peoples and the International Society STAT-2126EL - Introduction to Statistics SOCI-3005EL - Survey Research: A Course in Applied Sociology SOCI-3016EL - Modern Sociological Theories: Manifestations and Issues SOCI-3056EL - News, Pop Culture, and Power, Critical Perspective on Mass Media SOCI-3106EL - Crime, Illness and Disability
SOCI-3126EL - Qualitative Methods SOCI-3196EL - Social Movements SOCI-3246EL - Workplace Rights Advocacy SOCI-3296EL - Sociology of Education SOCI-3306EL - Globalization and the New World Order SOCI-3437EL - The Colonizer and the Colonized SOCI-3516EL - In and Out of Work in the Global Economy SOCI-3636EL - Desire, Love, and Work II: The Social Making of Sexuality SOCI-3826EL - Indigenous People, Minorities, and the Criminal Justice System SOCI-3836EL - Poverty and the Criminal Justice System SOCI-3906EL - Selected Topics I SOCI-3907EL - Selected Topics II SOCI-4006EL - Independent Studies I SOCI-4007EL - Independent Studies II SOCI-4026EL - Quantitative Methods SOCI-4076EL - Sociology of Labour Markets SOCI-4086EL - Class, Race, Gender and Ethnicity in the Workplace SOCI-4095EL - Honours Thesis SOCI-4137EL - Political Sociology SOCI-4157EL - Critical Analysis of Global Health Issues SOCI-4176EL - Environmental Sociology SOCI-4216EL - Capitalism, Work and the Regulation of Environmental Risks SOCI-4226EL - Immigration: Politics and Society SOCI-4466EL - Marxist Political Theory SOCI-4826EL - The Sociology of Youth SOCI-4836EL - Crime, Punishment and Modernity SOCI-4846EL - State-Corporate Crime SOCI-4906EL - Selected Topics I SOCI-4907EL - Selected Topics II

Established / Seniority Sessional Roster

Robert Beckett, M.A.

Dana Cudney, M.A.

Moira Ferguson, Ph.D.

Kate Tilleczek, Ph.D.

 

Lynne Gouliquer

Lynne Gouliquer

Department of Sociology
Anas Karzai

Anas Karzai

Department of Sociology
Parveen Nangia

Parveen Nangia

Department of Sociology
Marianne Vardalos

Marianne Vardalos

Department of Sociology